Motivation is the driving force which enables you to stay committed towards attaining your goals. It plays a key role in your overall development and success.
However, sometimes you’ll find yourself lacking that excitement that you had when you started working on your goal. Perhaps you screwed up along the way and got discouraged, or there’s something new in your life (a new relationship, job, etc.) that’s taking away your time and attention from your goal.
Irrespective of what’s causing your lack of motivation, it’s still possible to keep going until you eventually accomplish your goal. Here are some useful tips that can help you in maintaining motivation:
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I. Write Down Reasons Why You Want To Achieve Your Goals
Without the right motivation, it’s not easy to achieve anything. Because of this, it’s very important that you put in writing the reasons why you want to achieve your goals.
This greatly helps your brain to process those goals and reinforce your acts towards making them real.
II. Just Start
When you’re not motivated, your negative inner voice will give you countless reasons why you shouldn’t do what you’re supposed to do.
If you’re trying to lose weight, for instance, it will tell you how you’ll never be slim because your whole family is fat, or how ugly you are so losing weight won’t make a difference. Don’t listen to your critical self. Even if you don’t feel like doing anything, just change into your exercise outfit and get out of the house. When you get to the gym and see the way others are determined to lose weight, your enthusiasm will come back naturally and you’ll find yourself exercising as well.
III. Set Short-Term Goals That You’re Sure You can Achieve
Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged while pursuing long-term goals is natural. But you can get your enthusiasm back by breaking down whatever you’re trying to achieve into smaller actions, which you can complete within a short time, i.e. an hour or so.
If losing, say, 50 pounds is your long-term goal, try jogging for just 10 minutes per day when you’re unmotivated. When you’re done, reward yourself. Do this consistently and soon you’ll achieve anything your heart desires.
IV. Chart Your Progress
There’s nothing as inspiring and fulfilling as canceling tasks as you complete them. That’s why you should keep track of how you progress with your goals. As you place more checkmarks on your to-do list, you’ll definitely feel motivated to go on until you finally achieve your goals.
V. Keep Looking At The Big Picture
Last but not least, remind yourself continuously why you’re doing what you’re doing. For instance, if your goal is to get promoted at work to enable you to purchase a bigger home for your family, keep that picture in your mind always to help you stay motivated.
Hopefully, these tips will help you sustain your motivation so that you can achieve all your life goals.
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